“I love you.” Justin said.
There were only a few moments of profound clarity in his life, and this was definitely one of it. He could never define love, but in that moment, something so obscure made perfect sense. All the doubts and fears faded away as he realised how much he wanted her, how much he needed her to be his.
The bride turned, and her beauty encapsulated his heart immediately just like the first time they met, half a decade ago. That was how she was; Katie had a beauty that turned head wherever she went and had a smile that would melt even the hardest heart. With her hair braided in a princess updo and her white wedding dress with flower and mesh detailing at the top, she looked more radiant than ever.
His heart was pounding hard and his palms sweaty. Adrenaline started pumping throughout him as he could feel all eyes on him. Seeing the girl of his dreams at the altar with another man, a good man no less, was a pain finally too hard to bear.
He cleared his throat and continued: “I am still in love with you. I always have, and I always will, Kate. I love everything about you, even the things that I don’t really like. I love you, and I think you love me too. Please, don’t marry him. Say that you love me too.”
They had once plan to build a life together. Their relationship started from a deep friendship, and blossomed into a beautiful tale. When they were madly in love, they had discussed about the future; houses, marriage, kids. They shared wonderful things together, travelled the world and traded the most intimate details about one another. And all that faded with one mistake.
She had lost her virginity to him, and had a false positive on a pregnancy test. She was so relieved about not needing a shotgun wedding or having a baby before marriage. What he heard in translation was that she did not want a baby with him, how unworthy of a fatherly figure he could have been, which he was personally offended and broke their relationship off. Before he could undo his mistakes, another man had swept her off her feet.
The gasp from the crowd was audible, followed by an uncomfortable silence in the church. Every second felt like an eternity as Justin’s searched for answers in the bride’s expression, a mixture of confusion and surprise.
Kate swallowed hard and the muscles in her neck tensed slightly. It felt so surreal, although she had once wanted Justin to be standing next to her at the altar. But she wondered, could she bear all the heartaches all over again? As a little whispered word was about to escape her lips, they realised that whatever the answer was, someone will definitely get hurt.
written in response to Daily Prompt: Carless Whisper